Unit 2: Increasing Productivity

Return to: ETAP 623 Fall 2017 Section 5420 | Integrating iPads into the K-5 Classroom | Unit 1: Features and Functions of an iPad

Unit 2 Overview

Figure 1: Child Using iPad

Building off of the newly learned knowledge presented in Unit 1, iPads increase productivity through its unique features that meet the needs of learners. In 2010 iPads were created and for some time were viewed as tools used for gaming, etc. However, what research shows iPads actually help to facilitate learning in elementary school classrooms. Koetsier (2013) concluded the following, "iPads now dominate the educational tablet market with a 94% market share. Moving forward, iPads will hold a more significant role in the ways that we conduct education, especially in primary school settings" (p.1). Fast forward four years to our current outlook and usage of iPads in the K-5 setting, it is evident that iPads are now sweeping the nation as tools for learning. When we think of productivity, we should be thinking, “how can we make learning more obtainable for all?” and “How can we meet the diverse needs of our students?” Ingle and Moorehead (2016) offer the following, research now clearly states “iPads have the potential to level the playing field for all students” (p.1)

In the research study conducted by Ingle and Moorehead (2016), iPads increase productivity by meeting the unique needs of the participants in the study. This includes the following,

“All classes in our research site were inclusive with a diverse community of learners at every grade level including students with IEPs, 504 plans, autism spectrum disorders, and English language learners. Beyond that there are children who fall under the category of reluctant learners and at the same time (since the school did not have a gifted and talented program) many students who consistently perform above grade level” (Ingle and Moorehead, 2016, p. 1).

To begin each unit, we reflect on what we know prior to engaging with the course content.

Pre-Unit Activity

After reading the information above, reflect on a time where you may have struggled to meet the needs of your students and how iPads could have support the needs of those students. If you're going to give concrete details to support your statement be sure to alter students names for confidentiality purposes. Create a new slide under the Unit 2: Initial Post. Be sure to include your name and response.


  • Learners will be able to analyze how iPads increase productivity.


Productivity is a tool that can be used to measure student outcomes and learning. For the purpose of this unit and its objective, productivity will be measure by the impact of iPads on the learning environment. How do certain tools or resource increase the overall productivity of students?

Figure 2 -Academic Performance - Apple (2017)

iPads in Education

According to Apple (2017), data collected worldwide is showing just how positively iPads are impacting the education realm. Apple (2017) has concluded that using iPads change the way teachers teach and students learn, "Students, educators, and institutions around the world are using iPad to inspire creativity and hands-on learning that makes learning more powerful. Since Apple launched iPad in 2010, millions have made their way into education. They continue to show significant promise in teaching and learning, often with impressive results" (p.2)

As we move through this unit, closely read the information presented on pages 1-15 of the following website:

It is essential for you as a learner, educator, etc. to understand that there has been substantial growth made in academic performance world wide with the assistance of iPads.

How Do iPads Increase Productivity?

Jonathan Cohen (2014) offers several ways that productivity may occur through the utilization and integration of iPads in the K-5 environment. This includes,:

  1. "Improved Collaboration: iPads allow more direct communication between teacher and students, as well as between students themselves
  2. Increased Control Over Learning: By using iPads in elementary schools, students are given a higher degree of freedom in their learning. By engaging in educational apps, reading programs, and many other features, education is brought to the students so that they can take control over their own learning. This allows for more independence and a more effective education process for students.
  3. Alternative Education: Pads provide alternative forms of learning through thousands of educational apps that can reinforce established educational tenets, but in an untraditional way that better resonates with students.
  4. Differentiated Learning Levels:iPads allow programs the ability to deliver personalized blended learning plans where students can use educational apps to focus on the material that they individually struggle with." (Cohen, 2014, p.1)

Learning Activities

There are three learning activities you must complete prior to moving onto Unit 2. These activities include:

  1. Pre-Unit Activity: Reflect on your understanding and previous experiences with iPads prior to the beginning of the unit via Google Slides.
  2. Post-Unit Activity: Reflect on what you have learned about throughout the Unit, while paying close attention to whether or not your perception/understanding of productivity has changed from the pre-unit activity via Google Slides.
  3. Watch and Reflect: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lA9d1Ld3vQ In the video, Dr. Susan Hayward is interviewed on how the grants provided through the state have support learning throughout the district. In this interview, viewers get a glimpse of what Cohen (2014) concluded as one of the four ways productivity may occur through the integration of iPads. Pay close attention to how learning is differentiated and describe what you learned from the video and how it will impact your future utilization of iPads in the K-5 environment.

Notice there is no page limit or requirement for this activitiy, however, in order to receive credit for this task you must critically analyze Cohens ideas with what is occurring in the Beavercreak school district.

Where do I go from here?

If you have completed reading all of the information for Unit 2, responded to the pre-unit activity post, responded to the post-unity activity post, and have completed your learning activity pat yourself on the back! You're not half way done with this course.

Take all of the information you have learned in both Unit 1 and Unit 2 with you as you move onto Unit 3: Web 2.0 Tools !

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